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2:25 PM ET, December 6, 2013


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NY Daily News:
Robinson Cano's bid to join Seattle Mariners ends on sour note thanks to Jay Z: sources  —  Rap mogul overplayed his hand by demanding a bigger deal and more money than the Northwest team was willing to pay for the Yankees' second baseman, sources close to the negotiations say.
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Robinson Cano headed to Mariners: 10 years, $240 million  —  Robinson Cano is headed to the Seattle Mariners, agreeing to terms on a 10-year, $240 million contract, according to a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations.  —  The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition …
Jon Heyman /
Mariners offer Cano nine years, $225 million in Seattle meeting  —  Robinson Cano traveled to Seattle Thursday, and sources told that the Mariners offered the superstar second baseman a nine-year, $225 million contract in hopes of forging a deal with the top free agent and setting themselves up for a big winter.
Steve Adams / MLB Rumors:
Mariners To Sign Robinson Cano  —  12:34pm: For what it's worth, the Mariners have released the following statement: “We are not able to confirm any news regarding Robinson Cano at this time.  If and when an agreement is completed and finalized, we will announce.”
Discussion: DRaysBay, Lookout Landing and Metsblog
Sources: Cano undecided on Seattle's offer  —  Free-agent second baseman Robinson Cano, after traveling to Seattle on Thursday to meet with the Mariners on an offer that sources say was expected to approach $250 million, was not prepared Friday to make a decision, sources have told ESPN.
Jon Heyman / Sports News …:
Mariners have agreed with Robinson Cano on a 10-year, $240M contract  —  The Mariners have agreed on a 10-year, $240MM deal with superstar second baseman Robinson Cano, confirms.  —  Early on Friday, there were reports (including here) of a snag in negotiations …
Fox Sports:
Rosenthal: Cano to Seattle would make little sense  —  I can't wait to hear the rationale.  —  Whenever a free agent makes an inexplicable money grab, we always hear the most bizarre rationales.  —  For Alex Rodriguez, it was the Rangers' farm system.  For Mike Hampton, it was the Denver school system.
Discussion: MLB Rumors and The Big Lead
Enrique Rojas / ESPN:   Source: Robinson Cano, M's agree
Mets sign free agent OF Curtis Granderson  —  The Mets have agreed to sign free-agent OF Curtis Granderson to a four-year deal (Sherman) worth $60 million (Rosenthal).  —  Granderson, 32, played in just 61 games with the Yankees last year after breaking his hand twice on two hit-by-pitches.
Marc Carig / Newsday:
Source: Curtis Granderson looking for four years, $64 million
Discussion: and MLB Rumors
Andrew Simon /
Winfield joins MLBPA staff as special assistant  —  Hall of Famer spent 15 of his 22 Major League seasons as player representative  —  Hall of Fame outfielder Dave Winfield joined the Major League Baseball Players Association on Thursday, taking the job of special assistant …
Steve Adams / MLB Rumors:
Astros To Sign Scott Feldman  —  The Astros have agreed to a three-year, $30MM contract with right-hander Scott Feldman, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link).  It's been a busy few days for Feldman's agent, Matt Brown, as he also represents Curtis Granderson, who just agreed to a four-year, $60MM deal with the Mets.
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
White Sox sign Belisario to 1-year deal  —  The Chicago White Sox agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract Thursday with free agent reliever Ronald Belisario.  —  Belisario, 30, wasn't tendered a contract Monday night by the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Belisario attracted preliminary interest …
Jerry Crasnick / MLB:
Tanaka may not be available to MLB suitors  —  Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka's future was thrown into flux Thursday when the president of the Rakuten Golden Eagles told a newspaper that the team might not make the prized starter available to Major League Baseball teams as a free agent this winter.
Dylan Hernandez / Los Angeles Times:
Masahiro Tanaka could remain in Japan, president of his team says
Japan Times latest:
MLB, NPB reach basic agreement on posting system
Discussion: MLB Rumors, Bleed Cubbie Blue and ESPN
Steve Adams / MLB Rumors:
Royals Acquire Norichika Aoki  —  The Royals have acquired outfielder Norichika Aoki from the Brewers in exchange for left-hander Will Smith, the Brewers have announced via press release.  The trade was first reported last night by the folks at the Royal Revival blog (on Twitter).
Metsblog:   Brewers trade Norichika Aoki to Royals
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